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Onyx Solar: Edmonton paves the way

“As leaders of cities, we cannot tackle the complexity of climate change individually, instead, we must work collectively towards solution” Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, Canada

Onyx Solar’s factory in Spain has kicked-off the fabrication of 1,500 sq.m of photovoltaic glass for the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Canada.

This crystalline Silicon photovoltaic glass will replace the existing glass on the main atrium, which has leaking problems and thermal insulation limitations. This way, the new glass will not only insulate the building properly but it will also produce 6,500 MWh of clean and free power thanks for the sun. This electricity will avoid the emission of 5,000 Tons of CO2 and will be sufficient to feed up to 12,000 light-points.

De-centralized energy generation and self-sufficient buildings are seriously taking-off, as Maros Sefcovic – European Union Commissioner – anticipated last year in that very same conference centre, during the Edmonton Declaration, a local climate agreement for cities.

Mr. Sefcovic, alongside former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, lead the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, an international coalition that gathers 9,600 mayors worldwide. All these mayors acknowledge the importance of decreasing CO2 emissions to fight climate change, and they are encouraging the incorporation of innovative technologies and solutions within their cities.

Among them, Edmonton’s Mayor steps forward by using our clean technology to renovate the main city’s conference centre in Edmonton, and setting it as a benchmark initiative for others to follow.

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